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Fiber is heart saving magic in 3 ways; It improves cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and reduces belly fat -- all good things in terms of lowering your risk of heart disease.

In a 14-year study, people who ate the most fiber (particularly from fruit and whole grains) saw their risk level drop by 18% compared to folks with minimal fiber intake. Fiber may help reduce breast cancer risk in women, too.

Heart-Healthy Tip: Enjoy a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with berries and walnuts for breakfast. This fruity, nutty cereal gives you two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble, both of which can keep your heart beating strong and healthy.